French President Arrives in Afghanistan

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is making a brief unnannounced visit to Afghanistan Tuesday.

President Sarkozy plans to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, top U.S. military commanders, and French soldiers during his visit.

On Monday, France's Defense Ministry said a French soldier in Afghanistan died after being accidentally shot by another French soldier. An investigation has been opened to establish the circumstances of the shooting.

France has around 4,000 troops fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. President Sarkozy announced in June that his country will pull hundreds of its forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

All international combat troops are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, transferring security control to local forces.